Michigan State Board of Canvassers will Certify this Year's Election Results on Monday
Tomorrow, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers will certify this year’s election results in what is usually an uneventful formality. But this year, rampant disinformation has been spread in an attempt to undermine public confidence in the integrity of the election in Michigan, especially the city of Detroit in Wayne County.
Last week, the Donald Trump re-election campaign attempted to interrupt regular civic processes in Wayne County, targeting voters in Detroit, a city that is 79%, Black. Wayne County is also home to the highest concentration of Arab Americans in the country. In this year’s election, Black and Arab American voter turnout was key in Wayne County and attempts to undermine the fair, secure, and transparent process amount to an attempt to wrongfully disenfranchise those voters.
Thousands of clerks and tens of thousands of volunteer election workers across Michigan ensured that, amid a pandemic, the voices of a record-setting number of voters were accurately heard. In total, over 3 million voters in Michigan cast their ballot by mail, and nearly 30,000 registered to vote on Election Day. Many voters utilized resources like the YallaVote English/Arabic Election Protection hotline (844-Yalla-US) for assistance with these new ways to participate in the election.
There is no evidence of widespread election irregularities or fraud in Michigan, including no evidence of votes being improperly cast or counted. All 83 of Michigan’s counties have now certified the results of the November 3 election. According to the Arab American Institute (AAI), the votes cast by Michigan’s electorate, including Black and Arab American voters, like those from all other states, should be certified without improper political influence and without falling victim to baseless allegations.
Compiled by Arab America
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